Salaries for Talent Directors in the United States are generous, with average pay above six figures ($103K) per year. Career length is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. The vast majority of Talent Directors (89 percent) who participated in the survey are women. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$65,290 - $154,112
MEDIAN: $103,277

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$65,290 - $154,112  
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$64,640 - $168,346  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 61

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Job Description for Talent Director

Talent directors serve an upper-management position within HR (human resources) to create a work environment aligned with their organization's goals, as well as recruit and retain highly effective employees and manage other members of the recruiting department. They work primarily in an office, but may travel to different offices or sites depending on the company's needs.


Talent Director Tasks

  • Interview, audition and hire performers to fill various roles.
  • Match specific talent types to appropriate roles for motion picture, radio, theatre and other entertainment.
  • Liaise between actors, directors and agents to negotiate contracts, set appointments and hold auditions.
  • Lead talent management strategy to ensure talent is developed to and reaches its full potential.

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Pay by Experience Level for Talent Director

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. Those who have worked for fewer than five years take home a median salary of $77K, and workers with five to 10 years of experience earn a higher $96K on average. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $124K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $147K.

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Experience Affects Talent Director Salaries

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Skills That Affect Talent Director Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.


89 %
11 %

Years of Experience

1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 94%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 65%
dental benefits
None: 6%